Leaked report, shows that Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, held an emergency meeting with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday night.
The emergency meeting came on the heels of former Heads of State, Olusegun Obasanjo, and Ibrahim Babangida’s decision to resist any impeachment move against Osinbajo.
“These leaders have told the Acting President to remain focused, and ignore elements trying to cause political upheaval in the country”, a source said.
Reports revealed that the Senate President’s meeting with the Acting President, was based on “some developments that occurred in the Senate during the week, including the suspension of consideration of further nominations by the Executive, in protest against the retention of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, and the consequent threats of impeachment by some Senators.
A source said: “The Senate President met with the Acting President. He actually came alone and without the paraphernalia of his office to underscore his commitment to rapprochement between the Executive and the National Assembly.
“Saraki took the time to explain a few things to the Acting President, but the talks bordered on the clarification of a few misgivings, especially the rumor that he was planning to become the Acting President, or instigating the Senate against the Presidency.
“He also took time to explain why the Senate wanted its resolutions respected, in line with the principle of separation of powers.
“Above all, the session was actually frank.”
There were indications also that the Presidency had uncovered four planks, on which the Senate is hinging its threats of impeachment.
One of them is the running battle between the Presidency and the Senate, over the continued stay of Magu, in office.
A reliable Presidency source said: “Intelligence report revealed that some Senators have identified four issues to take the Presidency on.
“These issues are insistence on the removal of Magu; the renewal of the row between the Chamber and the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hamid Ali (rtd); the alleged denigrating comments of the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay; and alleged constitutional breaches by the Acting President and the Presidency in general.
“Although the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, told the party leadership that the impeachment kite caught him unawares, and he swiftly overruled the Senators behind it, intelligence report indicated that “it was a kite flying agenda” by some Senators.
“The government does not wholly believe the defense of the Senate leadership. It is closely monitoring events and putting safety valves in place, including legal dimension.
“Part of the intelligence report, showed that some Senators had plotted the impeachment script before the Tuesday session.
“Those who tabled the motion were actually not aware that the Acting President had returned to the country.”